When we say “Happy Hour” at King Eddy YYC, we mean it! We’re thrilled to welcome powerhouse vocalist Jess Knights Music and her band of talented troublemakers to our legendary stage for an afternoon of soul, blues and roots.
Straddling the renegade worlds of alt-country, blues and soul, Jess Knights’ hard-to-pin-down style is reflective of her own unassuming past. A classically-trained opera singer, who’s spent time living in Germany, Thailand and New Zealand, Knights has been defying convention since she started cutting her teeth in the boozy, rough-hewn dives of her native Calgary.
“I started playing in blues bands when I was in my early 20s, with players that were sometimes 20 to 30 years older than me,” says Knights. “I was a young woman in an older, mostly male, scene, playing some pretty seedy establishments, and that sometimes meant that I had more to prove onstage to gain the respect of the crowd.”
Recalling the raw timbre of Etta James, her crystal-clear voice radiates vintage soul. On her debut EP, Won’t Wait, released independently in October 2018, Knights flexes a sly, heart-on-her-sleeve sweetness while chronicling tales of corrupting religious boys, a friend’s battle with addiction, and finding the light of humanity from darkness.
Date: December 22, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm
King Eddy 438 9 Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Phone: 403-829-6016 Email: email@example.com